Freudenberg has donated 30,000 euros to food banks in Catalonia: With 28,000 deaths and 250,000 COVID-19 cases, Spain is the hardest hit country in Europe after the United Kingdom. Although the state of emergency has been lifted, Spain’s 47 million citizens are likely to feel the economic impact of the months-long lockdown for some time. The government has made three billion euros of emergency aid available to 850,000 families in need. Freudenberg also made a contribution, donating 15,000 euros to each of two food banks in Parets del Vallès and the Banc dels Aliments in Catalonia. Both organizations provide food to help families suffering hardship.
In the United Kingdom, the pandemic has so far led to more than 45,000 deaths; a case fatality rate of 15 percent based on 300,000 people testing positive. The impact on the economy has also been dramatic: In the United Kingdom, following a strict lockdown, almost 612,000 people have lost their jobs. Here, Freudenberg has also contributed, donating 10,000 euros to each of two food banks in Port Talbot and Bridgend (both in south Wales). In addition, Freudenberg donated to three other food banks in Rochdale, Oldham and Middleton (all in England).
Selay Aksalur from Klüber Lubrication, Turkey, volunteers with an aid project in Istanbul and reports: “Usually, we provide food to roughly 400 people a month, mostly people who are homeless or who come from poor families. Since corona, this number has increased to 1,150.”